Air China has introduced a new Fully Entrusted-No Baggage Claim service for passengers flying to Chinese cities via Beijing on flights originating in Europe and the Americas.

The new service authorises the carrier to open passengers’ checked baggage on their behalf in transit via Beijing for customs and quarantine inspections. The measure is designed to expedite the transit process by cutting the time passengers must spend going through transit formalities.

Essentially, the service enables travellers to directly clear immigration once they arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport without having to claim their checked baggage, as they would otherwise be required to do. Travellers may then head straight to the transit zone for onward connecting domestic flights.

According to Air China’s website, without using the newly introduced service the minimum time for transiting via Beijing from an international to domestic flight is 90 minutes when transferring in Terminal 3 and 160 minutes when transferring between T3 and T2, and T3 and T1.

Passengers wishing to make use of the service can offer pre-authorisation to Air China at the airport of origin by signing baggage tags when checking in luggage.

Use of the service is applicable only when travelling on Air China-operated flights – passengers connecting to codeshare flights will not be able to make use of the service. Travellers are also advised not to put items in their checked baggage that require customs declaration and quarantine inspection.